Headlines for Friday, July 12th

The USDA is extending the deadline for reporting spring-seeded crops to FSA offices and federal crop insurance agents. The new deadline is July 22nd. Producers are encouraged to set up an appointment before visiting an FSA office, as those with appointments will be considered timely filed, even if the appointment occurs after the 22nd.

Frontier Community College recently received an Adult Volunteer Literacy Grant for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The awarded grant was $75,760, making it the largest literacy grant FCC has ever received. Last fiscal year, the college was awarded $55,000 for the AVL Grant, which was renewed after three years.

The mural on the east side of the Ambermarie’s building in downtown Fairfield was completed yesterday. David and Cheryl Harl were the principal painters for the mural, which is titled for and inspired by “Love Thou Thy Land,” a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.  The project was unwritten by FNB.

Lieutenant Lance Hinkle

Illinois State Police District 19 would like to welcome Interim District Commander Lance Hinkle. He is a Wayne County native and began his duties with District 19 on June 1st. Anyone who needs to contact Lieutenant Hinkle can call Illinois State Police District 19 Headquarters in Carmi at 382-4606.

The Wayne County Board met last night and again heard from citizens in the Geff area regarding the response of county law enforcement. Sheriff Mike Everett advised the board that patrol activity had been increased in the area, and he believes their investigation into various thefts there will soon bear results.

The Fairfield Rotary Club gave Jack “The Can Man” Carter a brand new three-wheel bike with the capability of hauling 800 smashed cans at its meeting yesterday. The idea came from an anonymous Rotarian, who pledged to match donations toward the gift. Carter has collected cans in Fairfield for the past four years.

Jack “The Can Man” Carter

The FCHS football field has been seeded with Bermuda grass, and it is progressing very well, according to FCHS Athletic Director Bobby Wells. The Mules are scheduled to host Sesser-Valier on August 30th for their first game, and Wells says he believes things are on schedule to use the new playing surface.

Cory Musgrave announced that he would run for State Representative yesterday on WFIW’s “Morning Coffee” program. Musgrave’s platform includes lowering taxes, creating jobs and a better business market, protecting the unborn, and preserving 2nd Amendment rights. The Primary Election is in March.

The Wayne County Fair continues today in the first day this week without shows from the 4-H program. 4-H’ers will conduct their clean-up work today as the grandstand readies itself for the demolition derby tonight at 7. The Fair will conclude tomorrow night at 7 with the Fairfield National Bank Rodeo.

The first six months of 2019 were the wettest in Illinois history. Statewide average precipitation from January to June totaled just over 28 inches, which beat the average by more than eight inches. The previous record for the first six months was 27.9 inches, set in 2013. Weather data in the state goes back to 1985.

New Illinois, Inc. will be at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Mt. Vernon next Saturday (July 20th) from 1 to 3 p.m. Speakers at the informational event will include State Representative Brad Halbrook, who sponsored a recent bill to split the state of Illinois; Matt Sebastian, of Southern Illinois Secession; G.H. Merritt, the co-founder and chairman of New Illinois; and Paul Preston (via Skype), the president of New California.

River stages as of this morning:  Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 21.70 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 5.41 feet (flood stage is 15 ft.). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 6.90 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.). Bonpas Creek at Browns reads 2.47 feet, and the Little Wabash at Main Street in Carmi reads 24.24 feet.